Compiled by Laura Lucius from WPT files
75 Years Ago:
Dec. 1, 1938
Johnston Re-elected High Ice Executive
J.B. Johnston, owner of ice plants here and in several neighboring cities, was named again on the board of directors of the Delta States Ice Association in convention last week in New Orleans.
R. Johnston is regarded as one of the most prominent ice manufacturers in the south and his local friends take pride in the recognition given him.
Mr. Johnston told a Progress reporter when he returned from the convention: “We had the best convention we ever had. The city of New Orleans left nothing undone to make us welcome and out convention a happy success. The mayor proclaimed last week as ‘Ice Week’; newspapers there were thorough and profuse in advertising and chronicling our proceedings; even the radio stations regarded our assembly as the major event of the month in the Crescent City and we were ‘on the air’ continually. Much new equipment was on display, and many new uses for ice were emphasized. We enjoyed many splendid talks on the manufacture and sale of ice and at the end counted the convention profitable and a great success.”
Mr. Johnston has been on the board of directors of the association for five years.
Cedar Ridge News:
Vera Carroll of West Point visited her little son, T.C. Carroll, during the past weekend.
Mr. Royce Hamilton visited relatives in Ticky Bend on Sunday.
Mr. C.I. Carroll spent a while Sunday in the E.N. Hamilton home.
Mr. E.N. Hamilton visited a while in the Fred Holland home on Thursday.
Sorry to report that Miss Ruth Hamilton has been very sick.
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Stephens spent Monday with their daughter, Mrs. Ruby Lewis.
Mrs. Bessie Starnes has returned home after an extended visit with her daughter, Mrs. Annie Hodge, near Tomnolen.
Mr. J.E. Jeffcoat visited Mr. E.N. Hamilton a short while Sunday evening.
Mrs. Nora Carroll and little grandson, T.C. Carroll, visited Mrs. E.N. Hamilton Wednesday.
Mr. William Golden spent a while Thursday in the E.N. Hamilton home.
50 Years Ago:
Nov. 28, 1963
Friends of Mr. Tom Swindoll of Calhoun City were very sorry to hear of his death Saturday. He was a brother to Mrs. Mamie Embry of our community.
Rev. and Mrs. J.B. Middleton visited their son, J.B. Jr., in Huntsville last weekend and Mrs. Middleton remained with him and his family.
Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Watson and Mrs. James Lucius and daughters, Brenda and Laura, visited Mr. and Mrs. Quinton Rector and family in Fernbank, AL Saturday. The Lucius family visited Mr. and Mrs. Watson on Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Fuller Moore of Fair Hope, AL spent the weekend with relatives and friends here.
Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Carroll of Slate Springs were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Dock Betterton Thursday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Edd Skelton spent Friday and Saturday with relatives in Grenada.
Miss Nina Kay Evans spent two weeks with her brother and family, James Henderson Evans, at West Point.
Old Cumberland News:
Mr. Murl Benjamin and family visited with Mr. W.B. McGee Sunday afternoon.
Mr. James McGee and family visited Mr. Floyd Cooper and family Sunday after church.
Callers in the John Gammill home were Mrs. Inez Henley, Mrs. Frances McBride, Mr. and Mrs. Murl Benjamin and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Barnett, Sandra, Buddy and Bruce.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Henley and Mr. and Mrs. Fate Gammill visited Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Gammill on Monday.
We had a good revival at Old Cumberland Church and gained five new members for our church. Our pastor, Rev. Kenny Moore visited in the neighborhood from Wednesday until Sunday afternoon.
25 Years Ago:
Nov. 30, 1988
HCS Honor Roll
Hebron Christian School of Pheba recently completed the first quarter of this school year. Hebron teaches the A Beka curriculum with a grading scale in which a grade of B indicates averages from 88-94 and an A from 95-100.
We would like to congratulate the following students from the Webster County area for their outstanding accomplishments. Those receiving A’s and B’s were Dean Butler, Dana Woods, Elizabeth Davis, Missy Morrow, Candice Williams, Jonathan Miller, Ben Morrow, Emily Pierce, Katrina Fondren and Shannon Davis.